Friday, September 28, 2012

Bo Xilai Expelled From Communist Party

China says disgraced Politburo member Bo Xilai has been expelled from the Communist Party and will face criminal charges.

State media said on Friday that Mr Bo, who had been a candidate for top office until he was caught up in a scandal involving the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood, will face charges of corruption, abuse of power, bribe taking and improper relations with a number of women.

The ruling Communist Party also said it would hold a congress to select new leaders on November 8.

Dates for the congress, held once every five years, were overdue and highly anticipated because of the high-level scandal.

It will see Hu Jintao step down after 10 years as party and China's ultimate leader, to be replaced by Xi Jinping. Read More